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HKCAAVQ, QAA & British Council launch report on UK transnational education in Hong Kong

25 Oct 2018

Group photo featuring representatives from HKCAAVQ, QAA, British Council Hong Kong and speakers from tertiary institutes.

HKCAAVQ co-organised a joint event with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the United Kingdom, and British Council Hong Kong, following the publication of the report by QAA on UK transnational education in Hong Kong.

The report was published by QAA earlier in July after a joint-review exercise with HKCAAVQ in Hong Kong. The report concluded that with HKCAAVQ’s peer-review panels and the use of the HKQF, QAA can confidently rely on HKCAAVQ’s accreditation decisions for UK Transnational Education (TNE) provision in Hong Kong and that HKCAAVQ reviews and judgements can be relied upon for the purpose of UK quality assurance by the QAA and UK institutions. Click here to view the report by QAA.

The event, Review of UK Transnational Education (TNE) in Hong Kong: Collaborative Quality Assurance Activities Across Borders, was held at the British Council Hong Kong on 25 October, 2018. Mr Jeff Streeter, Director of the British Council in Hong Kong, delivered welcoming remarks before Dr Fabrizio Trifiro, International Manager of QAA, and Mr Robert Fearnside, Deputy Executive Director (Academic) of HKCAAVQ, covered findings of the joint review exercise, and the regulatory system for non-local providers. The sessions were then followed by sharing of case studies by representatives of HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE), VTC School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) and the University of West England, Bristol (UWE), from an institutional perspective. Before the event concluded, a panel of TNE students and graduates in Hong Kong shared their experiences of TNE in Hong Kong, challenges met and the impact that undertaking TNE had on their lives.

The event was well received by over 70 participants, including representatives from UK & local higher education institutions, as well as other local operators. Participants found the presentations informative and insightful in terms of understanding more about the latest TNE trends, benefits of TNE and how it makes a significant contribution to Hong Kong higher education.